Team

Saad Dara

Co-Founder and CEO

Saad Dara is a co-founder and CEO of Mangrove Water Technologies Ltd.  Saad has been actively involved in the development of the Mangrove technology, the commercialization strategy, business development, and fund raising. Saad has raised over $4M in non-dilutive funding for Mangrove to advance commercialization of the Mangrove technology. Saad has also successfully created key partnerships with NORAM Engineering, Questor Technology Inc. and the Saskatchewan Research Council to help accelerate the commercialization of the technology.

Saad completed his BASc and MASc from the University of British Columbia in 2010 and 2012, respectively. During this time, he developed a new and innovative low-cost membraneless fuel cell technology. Following this development Saad took the Mangrove idea from a benchtop demonstration in Tupperware containers to a pilot scale plant being demonstrated with NORAM Engineering and BC Research.

George Nagy

Vice President Engineering and Operations

George brings decades of experience in operational leadership roles from the water and power sectors. Most recently George was the COO of Organica Water, headquartered in Princeton, NJ, and offices in Budapest, Shanghai, New-Delhi, Jakarta. His portfolio of responsibilities included: Application Engineering, Process Engineering and Modeling, Project Management, PMO, Business Processes Development, Supply Chain, QA/QC, and IT. George was a coach, mentor, and a passionate player in establishing cultural alignment among the offices.

Prior to Organica Water George was the Senior Director of Operations with FilterBoxx Water and Environmental, a water and wastewater treatment firm focused in the oil and gas, mining sectors. Before FilterBoxx, George worked as Director of Projects at Plasco Energy Group in Ottawa, ON, a waste-to-energy company, where he was responsible for technology commercialization. George has delivered power and infrastructure projects at AMEC Americas in Oakville, ON. Before AMEC, George played a variety of roles (from Project Management to Managing Director) at ZENON Environmental, helping the company become the market leader in MBR technology, and immersed UF membrane manufacturing. George holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, he is also a European Engineer (EUR Ing), and a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and Alberta.

Ben Zahiri

Electrochemical Engineer

Ben is a materials scientist and electrochemistry expert with over 10 years of experience in developing materials for energy conversion and storage systems in diverse academic and industrial environments. He has extensive working experience in materials characterization and manufacturing, and has held several team lead positions in academia and industry. He has 4 patents and is the co-author of over 30 peer-reviewed publications. Ben has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Alberta and BSc in Materials Engineering from the University of Tehran.

Board of Directors

Alfred Lam

Co-Founder and Director

Alfred is an innovator, company builder and investor. He has 10+ years R&D experience in electrochemical systems, helped incubate and grow Mangrove and is currently Vice President of Investments at Chrysalix Venture Capital, an early stage industrial innovation fund that focuses on breakthrough solutions for large industries in transition. Alfred has held several board positions and is actively involved with Chrysalix investments in the areas of industrial wastewater treatment, carbon capture and utilization, energy and intelligent systems.
Alfred has a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a BASc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Richard Reese

Director

Richard joined the Mangrove board in 2017, and offers strategy, business development, operations and finance insight gained over the past three decades as an engineer, general manager and executive within both large, complex organizations and first-stage growth companies delivering services and technology.
Richard served as COO and later CEO of environmental technology and process solutions provider Envirogen Technologies, Inc. from its formation through to its recent sale. Previously, Richard held roles within Siemens Water Technologies, Veolia and USFilter serving clients in a range of market verticals utilizing industrial water and hydrocarbon recycling products and services.
Richard began his career designing and constructing offshore and land-based pipelines and facilities. He holds an Ocean Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

Technical Advisory Board

David Wilkinson

Co-Founder and Technical Advisor

Dr. David Wilkinson is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a co-founder and technical advisor for Mangrove Water Technologies, a company which was spun out from his research program. Dr. Wilkinson’s research interests are in electrochemical and photochemical devices, energy conversion and storage materials, and processes for clean and sustainable energy and water. He has 80+ issued patents and 180+ refereed journal articles covering research in these fields. He has received a number of awards and is a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Wilkinson received his B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from UBC in 1978 and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Ottawa in 1987. Prior to joining the university in 2004 Dr. Wilkinson had more than 20 years of industrial experience and was a Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, Vice President of R&D at Ballard Power Systems, and Section Leader for Chemistry at Moli Energy (now E-One Moli Energy).

Arman Bonakdarpour

Co-Founder and Technical Advisor

As a co-founder and a technical advisor to Mangrove Water Technologies, Dr. Arman Bonakdarpour has been instrumental in the development of Mangrove’s core technology.  Arman obtained his undergraduate degree in physics and computer science (Hon., Co-op, UBC) and completed his graduate studies under Prof. Jeff Dahn (Dalhousie), where, as a Killam/NSERC/Sumner scholar, he co-developed an advanced method of combinatorial materials science. Arman has an extensive R&D background in clean technology sector covering diverse areas such as water treatment, CO2 conversion, advanced batteries and hydrogen energy technologies. His work has led to over 55 peer-reviewed and highly cited scientific publications and a number of patent/patent applications. At present, Arman is a senior research associate at UBC where he conducts research and is also involved in mentoring undergraduate/graduate students.